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Johnson still with UCLA after Utah visit

11/5/2012

UCLA athlete commitment Mossi Johnson (Los Angeles/Crenshaw) spent two days on the Utah campus for his official visit this weekend, but the recruiting pitch lasted much longer than that. The family decided to drive out to Utah so that Johnson's father could accompany him on the visit, which allowed an additional passenger in teammate and Utah commitment Dominique Hatfield.

While the extra 10 hours -- each way -- of recruiting time gave Hatfield plenty of opportunity to pitch his good friend, Johnson ultimately concluded what he felt before the trip, that UCLA is the right place for him.

"It was fun," Johnson said of the visit. "It's way different from L.A. It's a college town. A lot of people there talk only about the college. There aren't multiple teams like out here."

Johnson said there were several highlights, including the hotel, the time spent with the Utes coaching staff and the opportunity to meet San Diego Chargers safety Eric Weddle, a former Utah standout.

"Especially being a defensive back, I look up to him," Johnson said. "He's the highest-paid safety in the league."

The recruiting pitch from Hatfield isn't likely to slow down after the visit, but Johnson said the trip really helped lock him into his decision to commit to UCLA.

"It's the school," he said of why his commitment is so strong. "There is no degree like a UCLA degree."

But that doesn't mean Hatfield won't keep trying.

"Of course he's going to keep on me," Johnson said. "Going out there, I was just going there to see it and it was a good place. He was telling me in my ear the whole time that we could be out there playing together. I thought about it and I love that guy to death, but I'm not going to commit anywhere just for one person. And I like UCLA."

Johnson said there is a chance he could take an official visit to Washington State this weekend as the Cougars host UCLA, but he added that he isn't sure if he will schedule it at this point.